When I begin a mediation, I explain that, "Today is Mediation Day. It's a vacation from litigation." On Mediation Day, both sides put down their weapons and agree to let their Mediator lead their search for common ground.
Everyone wants the same thing - that is, for the litigation to end – they just don't see how to get there. That's why they'll follow a Mediator with the vision to lead them.
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